A research project to address the gaps in current indicators of global sustainability

An important aspect of the report is its highlighting of the main gaps in data collection and availability for each of the above themes.

This is particularly helpful to policymakers in clarifying what the different methodologies employed for measurement of progress towards sustainable development aim at and their respective advantages and drawbacks within differentiated country-specific contexts.

Finally, the report outlines how aspects such as transparency, communicability and policy relevance must be considered in the process towards data collection. Previous article in issue.

Volume 17JunePages Original article Achievements and gaps in indicators for sustainability Author links open overlay panel Arthur LyonDahl Show more https: The definition of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals SDGs and Targets has been followed by a long debate to establish the set of the best fitting Indicators.

Public companies and global stock market executives we have interviewed report very limited interest among investment advisors and analysts in corporate sustainability strategies. The pathway to Sustainable Development, available at: The article concludes with key criteria for a systemic bioeconomy monitoring system.

Such pathways can overlook neither country-specific priorities nor international exogenous factors. What do we know about past transformations of the Earth System, as well as in ideas, technology and economy and how can the knowledge and lessons learned guide future choices?

Policy scenarios must be assessed with regard to the multi-dimensionality of the globalized world, characterized by many interactions linking socio-economic and environmental dynamics.

What are the opportunities, risks and perceptions associated with emerging technologies such as geo-engineering or synthetic biology? A recent review of environmental assessment and reporting at the national level for the United Nations Environment Programme shows about half of reporting countries to be using indicators and provides some lessons learned.

What triggers and facilitates deliberate transformations at the individual, organizational, and systems levels; what socio-political and ecological risks does it entail?

What are the implications of efforts to govern and manage the Earth system for sustainability for scientific observations, monitoring, indicators and analysis? Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, available at: Research under the Transformations Towards Sustainability theme will advance understanding of the following questions, and many related ones: One problem is that sustainability reporting continues to be framed in a language not familiar to mainstream investors.

Responding to global environmental change is not just a matter for national governments but also for local governments and international organizations, civil society, the private sector, and individuals. Can technologies provide viable solutions to global environmental change and promote sustainable development?

Transformations towards sustainability Photo: Missing data also raise concerns in monitoring the other dimensions of IGG, particularly Resilience and Risks as well as Inclusiveness, also due to lack of private interests in collecting these data.

Finally, since achieving sustainability is fundamentally an ethical challenge, a new set of values-based indicators is required to measure and motivate the implementation of ethical principles necessary to guide the transition towards sustainability.

There are still many criticalities to be solved in order to make the whole implementation process effective and successful, including adequate investments and financial assistance for developing countries OECD, ; UN SDSN, How can the massive volume of new geophysical, biological, and social data, including local knowledge and social media be managed and analysed so as to provide new insights into the causes, nature and consequences of global environmental change and to facilitate the identification and diffusion of solutions?

Finally, the Economic Adjusted Measures require a huge effort to evaluate the different components without bias and inconsistency.Achievements and gaps in indicators for sustainability. sound and clear research question; 3) global relevance of the indicator's research question; 4) relevance to thematic areas of the NSSD.


The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability research is transdisciplinary, bringing together multiple disciplines and leaders to create and share knowledge. Center focus around Bioethics, Policy, and Law and History and Philosophy of Science, as well as Responsible Conduct in Research.

Specific current projects include the. In a world faced with accelerating climate change, economic instability and resource limits, it is urgent to find better indicators of progress towards sustainability.

The available indicators mostly succeed at measuring unsustainable trends that can be targeted by management action, but fall short of defining or ensuring sustainability.

Toward a systemic monitoring of the European bioeconomy: Gaps, needs and the integration of sustainability indicators and targets for global land use With current global cropland footprints of around While a broad range of data gaps and research needs for indicators, targets, models and methods are distinguished in Table 2.

the main gaps in information for understanding the drivers and impediments of long-term investment. The note builds on the FSB, IMF, OECD and World Bank project to develop a set of key quantitative indicators for long-term investment finance, which has sustainability of public budgets and funding needs at all levels of government to.

Environmental sustainability is under threat, with accelerating growth in To address these challenges and to position for global sustainable development aftera strengthened global development agenda will have to facilitate transforma.

A research project to address the gaps in current indicators of global sustainability
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